Tapping Tech-Savvy Students for IT Support and Digital Learning

EdTech Magazine | December 27, 2019

You’ve probably seen the headlines about students hacking into their school computers or networks, wanting to change grades or dodge school work. Some accessed sensitive information, such as students’ GPAs and SAT scores. And those are just a few examples from recent months. Such misbehavior is not new. But there are options for districts that want to foster students’ digital skills and steer them away from more mischievous or devious outlets for their hacking. Offer Real-World Work Experiences and Professional Credentials. There are a growing number of ways to help students push their technology interests further by earning industry-recognized certifications or using their digital schools for community service projects. Administrators should learn more about original equipment manufacturers’ certifications and self-maintainer policies.

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Your school is probably under pressure to increase retention, graduation, and post-graduation employment rates—the measures that determine public funding, consumer interest, and support.In this ebook, we’ll cover how marketing automation can help higher ed organizations:
- Improve the results of your marketing outreach by engaging prospective, current, and former students
- Create a strategy as sophisticated as the best-in-class marketers from every other industry.

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